Workforce Development & Economic Policy

Governors are working to expand economic opportunity and advance the nation’s global competitiveness by developing the skilled workforce and economic environment required for individuals, businesses and communities to thrive.

As the chief executive officers of their states, Governors set strategic priorities to align workforce and economic development activities to build a shared vision of societal and economic well-being. The NGA Workforce Development & Economic Policy program supports Governors and their appointees in developing and executing on these priorities.

Featured Initiatives 

NGA Workforce Development Technical Assistance Program

NGA provides advisors and other Governor-appointed state workforce system leaders with technical assistance on a broad range of workforce development policy issues through policy memoranda; in-state site visits and presentations, and facilitated connections with subject matter experts. The team also holds biannual convenings and monthly briefings and issues a weekly newsletter.


Workforce Strategic Planning Collaborative

The NGA Center’s joint project with the U.S. Department of Labor supports Governors and their advisors as they develop and implement their federally required four-year strategic plans for workforce development. Technical assistance offerings include an emphasis on implementation of federal investments that passed during the 117th Congress, namely the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, CHIPS and Science Act, and Inflation Reduction Act.


NGA Economic Policy Advisors and Economic Policy Technical Assistance

NGA provides Governor-appointed state economic development leaders and advisors with highly responsive and customized best practice research, strategic planning facilitation, timely information from federal partners and subject matter experts, and other support on a broad range of economic policy priorities. This includes an upcoming virtual event series as well as a bi-weekly newsletter.

Meet The Team


Focus Areas

  • Apprenticeship and youth apprenticeship
  • Sector-focused workforce and economic development strategies
  • Workforce development financing, governance, and innovation
  • Outdoor recreation & economic development  
  • Service-to-career pathways and public sector employment
  • IIJA, CHIPS and IRA implementation Future of work, digital transformation and digital skills
  • Disability inclusive workforce policy

Services Available

  • Strategic planning facilitation and best practice guidance on workforce and economic development topics or initiatives
  • Strategic guidance, feedback and meeting facilitation services for Governor-appointed state workforce development boards
  • Convenings for workforce and economic development advisors and state leaders on emerging issues
  • Regular newsletters for state workforce and economic development leaders
  • Customized research briefs and best practice presentations upon request

Workforce Development Library

State Sector Strategies Coming of Age: Implications for State Workforce Policymakers

State Sector Strategies Coming of Age: Implications for State Workforce Policymakers

This paper offers a snapshot of sector strategies today, an overview of what makes them different from traditional workforce and economic development programs, and a description of actions that state ...

Hearing Statement – Marketplace Fairness Act

The nation’s governors call on Congress to help states modernize sales tax systems and encourage greater marketplace competition by taking up and passing legislation like S. 1832, the “Marketplace Fairness ...

Testimony – The Marketplace Equity Act of 2011

By Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Chairman Smith, Ranking Member Conyers and members of the committee, I am grateful to be here to testify on behalf of the National Governors Association.  ...

Hearing Statement – Tax Reform – State and Local Tax and Fiscal policy

Chairman Baucus, Ranking Member Hatch, and members of the committee, the nation’s governors appreciate your interest in considering how federal legislation may impact state taxation. For governors, the core principle ...

Hearing Statement – Marketplace Fairness Act

The National Governors Association (NGA) urges Congress to level the playing field between out-of-state and in-state retailers by authorizing states to require remote vendors to collect state sales taxes. Specifically, ...

Testimony – Senate Budget State Fiscal Situation

Chairman Conrad, and members of the committee, on behalf of the nation’s governors, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today to discuss the states’ fiscal situation. For ...

Testimony – New Innovations and Best Practices Under the Workforce Investment Act (2009)

Chairman Hinojosa, Ranking Member Guthrie, and members of the Subcommittee, thank you for inviting the National Governors Association to testify today. My name is Sandi Vito and I am honored ...

Testimony – Lifelong Education Opportunities (Governor Sebelius)

Chairman Enzi, Senator Kennedy and members of the Committee, I am Kathleen Sebelius, Governor of the State of Kansas, and Chair of the National Governors Association Education, Early Childhood and ...

Economic Policy Library

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